Wollaton Hall, the 16th-century mansion-turned natural history museum in Nottingham, looks to be serving as the exterior of the rebuilt Wayne Manor in “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Batman on Film reports that the location will closed for a two-week period at the end of this month, “in order to enable a film to have exclusive access to the site.”
Exteriors and interiors for the Wayne Manor seen in “Batman Begins” were shot at Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire, the same place used in such films as “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Brazil,” “The Mummy Returns” and “Quills”. That Rothschild estate is currently being redeveloped as a hotel and golf course which has probably made it unsuitable for use again.
Mentmore Towers however was designed by Joseph Paxton in 1855 to be a “near replica” of Wollaton Hall, making this the ideal alternate location. Any minor changes to the exterior can be put down to the manor’s reconstruction following the fire in “Batman Begins”.
Osterley Park in West London is being used for the interior shots of Wayne Manor as Wollaton Hall’s interiors no longer resemble a live-in mansion.